Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: An hour southwest of Boston, MA, USA
Re: Bad seller, I know I know, lesson learned...
I had a similar issue with the seller of the LT that I bought. Had to travel to get it, seller claimed it was perfect, it was not as represented correctly at all. The guy was quite unpleasant and even threw the keys at me when the deal was done, with no assistance of loading the bike. I can only describe him as an @ss, and I was being very reasonable and fair with him. When his sellers contract was almost a legal document (clearly from an attorney, not a handwritten thing) I should have taken the hint and said no. I decided to take a chance, believing that most people are good people. Not the best decision I've made, but wasn't a disaster either. Two mouse nests, some chewed wire repairs, vacuum out the mouse food storage clogging 70% of the air intake, new filters and oil, and now a fuel pump relay replacement later, I still have some body work repairs to complete and more wiring to check to ensure nothing else is wrong. Did I get ripped off? I probably paid $500-1000 too much for a bike in that condition, but the decision was mine, although the trip back empty handed did put too much pressure on me when i had a long 2000 mile tour planned, and doing that on my VTX would not have been fun. Having said all that, being a glass half full guy, I've learned more about the LT by tearing into the repairs so I'm getting more and more confident with repairing it every time I work on it.
I think the advice above is good advice. I would have been better off asking someone local to go look at it. I probably would have low-balled the offer because it needed work, and likely would not have purchased this bike, but I am getting happier with it as all the issues reveal themselves and are repaired or replaced.
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